Screening questions for UCI COVID19 volunteers
As you know, we are in the midst of a novel coronavirus pandemic. While SARS-CoV-2 testing is now available from multiple large commercial labs and will be available soon on two platforms in the UCI Clinical Lab, national shortages in testing supplies, reagents, capacity, and staff will be rate-limiting while the need for greater testing capacity remains for some time to come. Accordingly, continued diversification of UCI sendout partners and in-house testing on platforms with different reagent supply chains is a necessary pursuit, but one that will be increasingly threatened by staff shortages.

To better prepare for the potential staff shortages, we seek your assistance in creating a registry of potential volunteers. Although non-technical tasks requiring no clinical certification (e.g. clerical, specimen processing, specimen courier) are the more likely immediate needs, technical tasks (e.g. pipetting reagents, establishing new tests) can be envisioned at UCI or local industry partners we are working with. If you are interested in being a potential volunteer, please fill out the survey linked below. Your responses will not be shared publicly. Your volunteerism at this point is non-binding, and please consider the health risks (e.g. your age, your pre-disposing conditions, and your living situation with others at risk) when signing up and answering the questionnaire.

Your spirit of volunteerism in this time of need is greatly appreciated.

Link to this form: https://tinyurl.com/UCI-COVID19-VolunteerQuestions

Sat March 21 update: We have 174 responses, thank you! We are starting a slack channel. The list is organized by Theresa Loveless (UCI BME: tberens@gmail.com) and Katrine Whiteson (UCI MBB: katrine@uci.edu)

If you are doing research on COVID-19, and/or want to keep abreast of efforts on campus, please join the slack below:

https://join.slack.com/t/ucicovid-19/shared_invite/zt-crt6ppdf-EFXkNNAz2gCTle5YCOM3YA
Email address *
Name *
Phone number *
Age *
Do you have any pre-existing health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, cancer, and immunosuppression/immunodeficiency? *
Do you have close (in-person) contact with someone >50 OR with the listed pre-existing conditions? *
Are you currently ill in any way? *
Do you have previous experience in a CLIA lab? (yes/no - if yes, please describe) *
Do you have previous experience with manufacturing or manufacturing processes? *
Do you have technical expertise with PCR, RT-PCR, RT-qPCR, 96/192/384-well formats? How many PCRs have you performed in the last year, or 5 years? *
Do you have technical expertise with DNA/RNA extraction, BSL2 sample handling? *
Do you have relevant platforms/instruments available to you in your lab (list instruments, location, PI)? *
Can you drive, and do you have access to a car or related vehicle (yes/no) *
Able and willing to help with clerical tasks (yes/no) *
Time available to volunteer *
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